Fun exercise anyone? Pick your top 2 characteristics (if you lie it's only really you lying to yourself), do you see a correlation between your favorite watch(es) and your chosen traits?
Because it's Sunday, and this is more fun than my Linux homework, my mind naturally has wandered off to the deep recesses of my brain where the concepts of focus and usefulness have never been introduced. This lead me down the path of mental heuristics I'm about to describe in this post, so buckle up!
I am drawn towards simple watches. I recently purchased the Tudor Ranger.
(photo credit - monochrome-watches.com)
I don't own a chronograph as I have never been drawn to them. I have near a dozen watches ranging in price and quality from when I started collecting about 15 years ago, and none of them have a complication more....complicated.... than a date. Well, maybe my JLC Reverso DuoFace could be considered a travel time watch, but still, per face, nothing more visually complicated than a simple three hander.
My first "real" (to me) watch was a quartz Movado I bought while on vacation in the Virgin Islands in 2008.
It doesn't get much more simple than this, not even any hour markers or a minute track. And that is precisely why I loved/love it. Simple is very calming for me, and as someone whose mind never turns off, I think I crave calm whenever and wherever I can get it. That is always my desired state, but rarely my actual state :-)
So I got to thinking, does personality type influence what we watch nerds crave in a timepiece? I know there are a lot of rubrics from which to evaluate one's self, and not all are created equally, but it's my post and my brain is fixated on the 4 temperaments, so here we go.
If I had to pick two of what I believe to be my most dominant traits from the provided chart I think thoughtful/anxious (these tend to be a fluid state for me) and impulsive stand out the most. Many people around me would agree. Because that is my natural state, I think complications like a three subdial chronograph, skeletonized movements, overly ornate designs, or even numerals on a minute track, I find distracting, which reduces the enjoyment I feel when looking at and wearing timepieces like those.
Don't get me wrong, I absolutely appreciate them and think they are marvels. I mean, @HotWatchChick69's new GS is a great example of a time piece I find to be just gorgeous, and I watch Youtube reviews on pieces like that pretty often, but I don't know that I would ever purchase a piece so "involved". I think if I bought something like that, I would admire the craftsmanship, but I doubt I'd wear it that often.
What say you WatchCrunchers?